Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Using Smallville To Find The Real Superman

For those that have been following along, especially in the Wichita KS area you know it is about time for another feature in the Faith In Film series. We will be hosting the group this coming Saturday, April 21, at 6:00 PM here at my house in Derby Kansas, just Southeast of Wichita. I’ll be posting all of the information about that here, and likely sending out a request along the way. Now if you don’t get a request, don’t worry, you are invited and I would love to have you along. Now of course if you do get an invite here through MySpace, please respond as it helps to have a rough idea of who all is coming. Spread the word, the last one went great and this one is going to be just as good. Now the next Faith In Film on May 5 will be great because we will attempt to do it outside, on the projection unit and will have the new BBQ smoker all up and ready to give a shot. Of course on this one, you will need to bring your own stuff to eat.

Now a little comment about a pet peeve of mine I noticed this morning. It is a different one and will show how weird I am, but does anyone here ever get ticked off when they see the police using church facilities to help catch people speeding or things like that? I have to admit, for some reason I do. I know the church building isn’t the church, but it represents the church, it represents God’s grace and it represents the love of God. Now some will say that it should represent more than that but I disagree. While God can be angry, while God can have wrath, and even punish, when it comes to the church, it represents his bride, his followers, the people he loves. I know some think the church is more than that, but I don’t. I see the church as a place where people come together to celebrate God via worship and thanksgiving. Yes there is some teaching that takes place there, but I have a hard time accepting that it is a place where people should use the facility to catch others doing something wrong. Especially those who have as a sole purpose to “catch” someone. I don’t know is it just me or am I somewhat correct with this thought. Nothing serious, but just thought I should throw something out there that kept this from being a total promotion for the Faith In Film series. Oh yea, on that point, I try to post the follow up responses and discussion points from those on the blog and of course at the Hollywood Jesus group at Myspace.

Now to the Faith In Film Pertinents:

Meet on Saturdays at 6:00 PM

April 14 – Smallville the Real Superman

Please Note, No Small Children as Adult Themes are Covered.

Bring Movie Snacks and Refreshments.
Arrive Early for Choice Seats, Might bring a cushion for floor seats.

400 S. Georgie, Derby (Behind the Bowling Alley on Hwy 15)
For More Information Call: 316-788-1961 or -258-3952

We will watch the program and then discuss Spiritual Themes.

Future Meeting Dates (Dates in Bold are outside, cookout & Big Projection Screen)

April 21, May 5, May 19, May 26, June 9, June 16, June 23, July 14

What Is The Faith In Film Series? A type of Small Group with a focus on discussing spiritual truths that exist in the arts, not just film. We realize all truth comes from God and God’s truths are often spoken about in culture. Jesus used parables to teach spiritual truths. The Bible states, “He never taught them anything without first telling them stories.” Mark 4:33, 34. Movies, books, television, and music are the most popular form of storytelling today; using these media we will look for ways to deepen our faith as well as finding ways to share spiritual truths with the unchurched.

Your Facilitator: Mike Furches has been using the arts to share culturally relevant truths with those in the church, and unchurched for over 15 years. Recognized as one of the leaders across the country in this field he is adequately prepared to present this in a small group setting. Mike currently writes for one of the most visited review web sites in the world, Hollywood Jesus. He also facilitates and operates an online community of faith called The Virtual Pew.

What will we do? We will watch all kinds of movies, television shows, and listen to all kinds of music. The focus will be on popular arts within the non Christian sector. Some of these will be ‘R’ Rated and will include discussion while at times looking at adult themes.

Who can come? Anyone and everyone that is age appropriate. This is a great opportunity to invite unchurched friends or those who are open to these types of themes. Small children should not attend for obvious reasons. Media that has more of an adult theme will be announced in advance.

How often will we meet? 2 – 3 times a month. A calendar of meeting times will be made available. You can also access information about the events through http://www.thevirtualpew.com/ and via making contact. You may also email regarding a schedule of events to mike@thevirtualpew.com

Now for those that do not know, make sure you check out the numerous articles and blogs by checking out the archives. If visiting The Virtual Pew or MySpace they are archived on the left hand side of the page. Scroll down to where you see newer or older listed under archives and then click there. There are hundreds of postings so make sure to check out the archives.

You can visit http://www.thevirtualpew.com/ and on the front page down on the left side you sill see our store. Your purchase provides needed funds to The Virtual Pew. If you do not see something to purchase you can click on the search engine, (do not put anything in the search box at this time). You will be taken to Amazon where you can search for anything you desire. Hopefully you will consider a gift to The Virtual Pew.

Here is a video clip from Season 1 featuring the title theme. For those not able to directly access the video they can click on the link that is included:

Here is our contact information

The Virtual Pew
P.O. Box 17731
Wichita, KS 67217

Click on the following links to learn more about The Virtual Pew.(Please note that the links for The Virtual Pew blogs have been going through some changes and the url’s have changed.)

Donations to The Virtual Pew
The Virtual Pew
The Virtual Pew Blog
Personal Furches Web Site
Mike Furches MySpace Page
Mike Furches MySpace Blog
Hollywood Jesus
Reviews With Mike
The Virtual Pew Sermons
The Virtual Pew News
MySpace Hollywood Jesus Group

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